With support for Windows 7 ending next year, Windows 10 will be running on most of the devices. It is a highly advanced OS with an amazing User Experience. It also feels very smooth in the early days, but over time it tends to slow down.
- 1 Disable Unnecessary Services In Windows 10
- 2 How To Disable These Services?
- 3 List Of Windows 10 Services To Disable
Disable Unnecessary Services In Windows 10
This is a common issue albeit easy to solve. The blame to Windows slowing down can be given to the various services and programs it runs in the background to make it look smooth.
Windows 10 contains a lot these Microsoft Services. Some of them are useful to keep Windows running smooth. However, not all of them are as useful as the rest. There are a lot of outdated services and useless services as well, that serve no other function than to hog the important memory space.
These services can be disabled to get the most performance. Here I will list the Windows 10 services you can disable to get the most performance.
How To Disable These Services?
I will first show you how to access these services and the steps to disable these services.
- Open Run by pressing Win + R.
- Type msc and press Enter.
3. This will display the list of the services that are enabled on the system
4. Right-click on any service you want to disable and select Properties.
5. Select Disabled/Manual from the Startup type drop-down menu according to the need to disable a service or start it manually if you need it.
6. To re-enable a service, select Automatic from the drop-down menu.
Note: It is not recommended to set the Start-up to Disabled, so that Windows can start the service when needed.
Now that I have shown the method to disable a service, I will show the list of the services that you can disable to increase the performance of your system.
List Of Windows 10 Services To Disable
Here below are given the list of services that you can go ahead and disable from your computer to enhance the performance.
It is used to send and receive faxes and uses the fax resources available on the system or the network to achieve this.
This is an outdated service, to say the least. If you don’t use a Fax service on your PC, it may be better to disable it than letting it run in the background and randomly slowing down the PC.
2. Print Spooler
It is used to spool the print jobs on your PC. It handles the interactions between your PC and the printer.
If you don’t own a printer, there is no use of a print spooler service continuously running in the background. You can set the service to manual to prevent this service unnecessarily running in the background and slowing down the PC.
3. Downloaded Maps Manager
It is a Windows service that allows apps to access the downloaded maps. You can download maps from the in-built maps application, and using this service various maps based applications can have access to these apps.
However, if you don’t use the maps feature on your PC, you can set this service to Manual to save some precious memory on your system.
4. Program Compatibility Assistant Service.
This service is used to check for compatibility issues for the older apps run by the user on the system. It gives out a warning about incompatible apps.
This is not an important service and can be safely disabled for the system. Or you can set it to manual if you think you may need it in the future.
5. Portable Device Enumerator Service
This service is used to enforce a group policy for removable mass-storage devices. It uses the Windows Media Player and Image Import Wizard to transfer and Sync content using removable hard-disks.
This is an unnecessary service if you don’t own an external HDD and you can disable it as well.
6. Windows Insider Service
Windows Insider service is used to provide infrastructure support for the Insider program.
If you have not taken part in the Windows Insider Program, you have no need for this service. You can set it to disabled.
7. Windows Image Acquisition
This service is used to enable image and graphics applications related to the imaging hardware. It is used to regulate interactions between various applications and scanners.
If you don’t own a scanner, you can disable this service from Computer management (search for this in start) to save some memory on your system.
8. Touch Keyboard And Handwriting Panel Service
With Windows 10 you can use touch keyboard and handwriting panel hardware. For them to work properly this service needs to be running at all times.
However, if you don’t own a touch panel, or you are on a desktop, you have no need for this service. You can simply disable it to save memory by not letting it run in the background.
9. Disable External App Services.
If you use a lot of 3rd party apps, they have their own services running in the background.
I will show you how to access these services as well.
- Open Run by pressing Win + R. Type msconfig and press Enter.
- Go to Services
- Check the box marked Hide all Microsoft Services.
- Uncheck the services you don’t want running or select ‘Disable all’ to dismiss them all.
- Click OK. Select the Restart button that shows up in the next pop-up Window.
While there are a lot of good Windows Services that keep the device running smoothly, there are a lot more useless services that keep on running in the background and hog some important memory space. Disabling these services helps to free system resources and RAM helping you optimize the performance. Now you know what services you can disable safely to increase performance. Comment below if you found these services hogging up system resources and disabled them as well.